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Alexis Sanchez lifts the FA Cup for Arsenal.

Player of the Week - Alexis Sanchez

Player of the Week - Alexis Sanchez

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Sanchez helps Arsenal win the Cup!

Sanchez celebrates his goal at Wembley.Arsenal beat Aston Villa 4-0 to retain the FA Cup they won last year. The Gunners have now won the oldest football competition in the world a record 12 times! Alexis Sanchez was the star performer and scored one of the greatest goals in recent FA Cup history. Theo Walcott gave Arsenal the lead in the 40th minute with a fantastic volley and in the second half there was only one team that was going to win the trophy. Sanchez's moment arrived five minutes into the second half. The Chilean forward hit the ball from 20 metres with amazing power and the ball swerved so much it gave the Villa goalkeeper no chance. Per Mertescaker headed Arsenal further in front and the substitute, Olivier Giroud, scored the fourth goal in injury time and the final result was a fair reflection of Arsenal's dominance.

"So happy to lift my first FA Cup. Come on Gunners!" Alexis Sanchez.

Is Sanchez Arsenal's best ever signing?

FA Cup final scorers: Mertesacker, Sanchez, Walcott and Giroud.Arsenal made their first major summer signing of 2014, with the addition of Chilean international, Alexis Sanchez, who they bought from FC Barcelona for a reported fee of between £30 and £35 million. The forward became the second most expensive signing in Arsenal's history, after the signing of Mesut Özil in 2013, and has added more firepower to Arsenal's squad. The Chilean arrived in London after a successful World Cup campaign, where he scored 2 goals and was unlucky to see his Chilean team lose to the hosts, Brazil, in a penalty shoot-out. In his first season with the Gunners, Sanchez was named in the PFA team of the Year and named Arsenal's Player of the Year.

"I want Alexis to have a good holiday now." Arsene Wenger talking about Alexis Sanchez after the FA Cup Final.

What do we know about Sanchez?

Alexis Sanchez celebrates a World Cup goal against BrazilAlexis Alejandro Sanchez Sanchez was born in December 1988, and is from a small city called Tocapilla in the North East of Chile. His first major club was Cobreloa in Chile. After only 1 season with Cobreloa, Italian club, Udinese bought him and sent him on loan to top Chilean club, Colo-Colo, where he won the Chilean Championship. The following season, he was sent out on loan again, this time to Argentinian giants, River Plate. Again he helped his team win the league. In 2008, Sanchez moved to Italy and had three successful seasons with Udinese before moving to Spain to play for FC Barcelona. Sanchez celebrating a goal with Messi and NeymarDuring his 3 seasons with Barcelona, Sanchez won 6 Spanish and international trophies and scored 39 La Liga goals in only 88 appearances. One of the highlights of his time with the Catalan team was scoring the winner against Real Madrid (2-1) in October 2013.

"He has consistently produced top-quality performances at the highest level for a number of seasons now and we are all excited to see him in the Arsenal squad".  Arsene Wenger

Why did Sanchez choose Arsenal?

Theo Walcott can't wait to play with Alexis SanchezSanchez has spoken about why he's joined Arsenal, and there are a number of reasons. Some of those reasons include Arsenal's style of play and the manager, Arsene Wenger. Sanchez has said, "Arsene Wenger's style of play is the sort of style the Chilean national team has, so I am used to it." Sanchez has also said, "Arsenal play very well, which fits my style." Another reason is his teammates and winning trophies, he says, "With Özil in the team, Arsenal was close to winning the title and I hope we can win as many titles as possible." Sanchez is happy to be at Arsenal, and his new teammates are also happy to have him at the club, Arsenal forward, Theo Walcott, has said, "I cannot wait to play with him, I am really looking forward to it." 

"I’m so happy to be joining Arsenal, a club which has a great manager, a fantastic squad of players, huge support around the world and a great stadium in London." Alexis Sanchez 

What do we think?

Sanchez scored 2 goals for Chile against England in 2013Sanchez has scored goals in four different countries and won league titles in three of those countries (Chile, Argentina and Spain). Sanchez has scored plenty of goals in the Premier League, helped Arseanl win the FA Cup and has been very exciting to watch. With other forward players, such as Theo Walcott, Mesut Özil, Olivier Giroud, Santi Cazorla and Aaron Ramsey, Arsenal have played some fantastic attacking football this season. Will it be enough to win the Premier League next season? We will have to wait and see!

 
Alexis Sanchez is Arsenal's first ever player from Chile, Getty

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Did you know......?

  • Alexis Sanchez wasn't the first player from Chile to score a goal in the FA Cup final. George Robledo scored for Newcastle in 1952!
  • Sanchez never goes anywhere without his two dogs called Atom and Humber. He takes them on holiday and has even taken them to training!
  • Sanchez is normally known by his first name, Alexis, which you will see on the back of his shirt.
  • Alexis was the youngest-ever Chilean international, he was just 17 years old.
  • His first club, Cobreloa, is based in Calama, one of the world's driest cities, with only about 8 cms of rain per year!
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casena
23/07/2014
SD
1
points

At last .. i'm glad to be the first one to comment on this article
and i thinks is fantastic transfer he'll be more useful than Ozil to the team and for sure will score plenty goal and perhaps will be top scorer of the league .


casena
23/07/2014 14:22
Sudan
Manchester United
1

At last .. i'm glad to be the first one to comment on this article
and i thinks is fantastic transfer he'll be more useful than Ozil to the team and for sure will score plenty goal and perhaps will be top scorer of the league .

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Anec
24/07/2014
LK
0
points

Can't wait to see PL :)


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Anec
24/07/2014 19:30
Sri Lanka
Chelsea
0

Can't wait to see PL :)

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Rema
16/11/2014
RS
538
points

Alexis is great signing for Arsenal. He can score goals and assist. He is fast, have good shoot, nice pass and have excellent skills.
In this part of Premier League he is the best player in Arsenal.
During this year Premier League season Alexis is on the first position with Aguero with 79 points in Fantasy Premier League (he score 8 goals and have 2 assists).
Great player and goal machine- Alexis Sanchez.


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Rema
16/11/2014 13:50
Serbia
West Ham United
538

Alexis is great signing for Arsenal. He can score goals and assist. He is fast, have good shoot, nice pass and have excellent skills.
In this part of Premier League he is the best player in Arsenal.
During this year Premier League season Alexis is on the first position with Aguero with 79 points in Fantasy Premier League (he score 8 goals and have 2 assists).
Great player and goal machine- Alexis Sanchez.

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Rich
16/11/2014
ES
2921
points

Do you have Alexis and Aguero in your fantasy football team? Rich - The Premier Skills English Team


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Rich
16/11/2014 22:20
Spain
Liverpool
2921

Do you have Alexis and Aguero in your fantasy football team? Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

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Rema
17/11/2014
RS
538
points

I haven't Alexis and Aguero in my fantasy Premier League squad, on my regret. Do you play Fantasy Premier League?


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Rema
17/11/2014 12:25
Serbia
West Ham United
538

I haven't Alexis and Aguero in my fantasy Premier League squad, on my regret. Do you play Fantasy Premier League?

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Rich
18/11/2014
ES
2921
points

What do you think of my team? Goalkeeper - De Gea (Man Utd); Defenders - Lovren (Liverpool), Vlaar (Aston Villa), Terry (Chelsea), Clyne (Southampton); Midfielders: Sanchez (Arsenal), Hazard (Chelsea), Sigurdsson (Swansea City), Sissoko (Newcastle); Forwards: Aguero (Man City) and Sakho (West Ham).


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Rich
18/11/2014 08:29
Spain
Liverpool
2921

What do you think of my team? Goalkeeper - De Gea (Man Utd); Defenders - Lovren (Liverpool), Vlaar (Aston Villa), Terry (Chelsea), Clyne (Southampton); Midfielders: Sanchez (Arsenal), Hazard (Chelsea), Sigurdsson (Swansea City), Sissoko (Newcastle); Forwards: Aguero (Man City) and Sakho (West Ham).

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Rema
18/11/2014
RS
538
points

You have extra team, good selected.
Also, your player have good price now and you can made good combination whit them.


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Rema
18/11/2014 14:38
Serbia
West Ham United
538

You have extra team, good selected.
Also, your player have good price now and you can made good combination whit them.

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Rich
18/11/2014
ES
2921
points

I think the team is pretty good but I wish my defenders would score a few more goals.


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Rich
18/11/2014 16:53
Spain
Liverpool
2921

I think the team is pretty good but I wish my defenders would score a few more goals.

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Rema
19/11/2014
RS
538
points

Clyne is on the second position on defenders list.
I have big problems with my team for the Gameweek 12: I have 3 doubtfoul players and 1 player is injured.
In my opinion, you can sold Lovren and with that monay you can bay Jagielka or Janmaat (both of them are in good form).


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Rema
19/11/2014 09:22
Serbia
West Ham United
538

Clyne is on the second position on defenders list.
I have big problems with my team for the Gameweek 12: I have 3 doubtfoul players and 1 player is injured.
In my opinion, you can sold Lovren and with that monay you can bay Jagielka or Janmaat (both of them are in good form).

Abdallah
28/09/2015
KW
1813
points

It's a good signing for arsenal in one case , if Alexis plays as the same performance as he played in Barcelona.
They are only a cup team , and not any cup just the fa or carling cup not the champions league cup because they aren't good enough to beat the all strong European strong teams .


Abdallah
28/09/2015 08:47
Kuwait
Chelsea
1813

It's a good signing for arsenal in one case , if Alexis plays as the same performance as he played in Barcelona.
They are only a cup team , and not any cup just the fa or carling cup not the champions league cup because they aren't good enough to beat the all strong European strong teams .

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Khalid Almagboul
16/10/2015
SD
289
points

I like this player


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Khalid Almagboul
16/10/2015 20:51
Sudan
Manchester United
289

I like this player

ioane12
17/10/2015
GE
24
points

he is very good palayer


ioane12
17/10/2015 18:31
Georgia
Manchester City
24

he is very good palayer

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aragorn1986
03/11/2015
ME
6922
points

Arsenal is a cup team. They can win the PL again, we all believe it's possible.


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aragorn1986
03/11/2015 16:07
Montenegro
Arsenal
6922

Arsenal is a cup team. They can win the PL again, we all believe it's possible.

nikosonris
23/11/2015
UA
2453
points

Totally agree, fellow!


nikosonris
23/11/2015 11:36
Ukraine
Arsenal
2453

Totally agree, fellow!

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MUGEMANYI
20/11/2015
RW
2320
points

Absolutely a very nice signing, this season Arsenal can win premier league.


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MUGEMANYI
20/11/2015 07:04
Rwanda
Arsenal
2320

Absolutely a very nice signing, this season Arsenal can win premier league.

nikosonris
23/11/2015
UA
2453
points

A very good signing for Arsenal. I think Alexis will play a decisive role in wining the title this season.


nikosonris
23/11/2015 11:37
Ukraine
Arsenal
2453

A very good signing for Arsenal. I think Alexis will play a decisive role in wining the title this season.

crazyboy
29/11/2015
AL
128
points

Obviousely is the best signing ever for Wenger's team
Yes. Was the best new player last season
Unfortunately are still a 'cup team' at least for this season. Maybe next season will beat the 'giants' like Man.Utd and City


crazyboy
29/11/2015 14:00
Albania
Arsenal
128

Obviousely is the best signing ever for Wenger's team
Yes. Was the best new player last season
Unfortunately are still a 'cup team' at least for this season. Maybe next season will beat the 'giants' like Man.Utd and City

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omarhammad
03/12/2015
PS
235
points

Real Gunner, Fabulous player


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omarhammad
03/12/2015 14:13
Palestinian Territory
Arsenal
235

Real Gunner, Fabulous player

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aragorn1986
05/12/2015
ME
6922
points

Signing Alexis was the best move that Wenger made. I wish they signed another Chilean- Vidal. They already know each other so it would be a great thing. Still, wishes are one thing and reality another.


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aragorn1986
05/12/2015 19:59
Montenegro
Arsenal
6922

Signing Alexis was the best move that Wenger made. I wish they signed another Chilean- Vidal. They already know each other so it would be a great thing. Still, wishes are one thing and reality another.

assemjuve
12/01/2016
PS
3433
points

He is one of the best player in the BPL.


assemjuve
12/01/2016 17:35
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3433

He is one of the best player in the BPL.

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HakanUslu1881
12/03/2016
TR
1761
points

Yes,I believe he will be very succesfull.
He wasn't best player but he was one of them.


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HakanUslu1881
12/03/2016 16:59
Turkey
Leicester City
1761

Yes,I believe he will be very succesfull.
He wasn't best player but he was one of them.

englishman
19/07/2016
DZ
1026
points

it was a great chance


englishman
19/07/2016 15:08
Algeria
Chelsea
1026

it was a great chance

englishman
19/07/2016
DZ
1026
points

Arsenal has a great chance to win


englishman
19/07/2016 15:09
Algeria
Chelsea
1026

Arsenal has a great chance to win

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